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Cystic fibrosis medicine added to Pharmac’s options for investment list

Pharmac has announced that Vertex’s triple combination modulator therapy, known in some countries as Trikafta, has been added to the priority list of medicines it would like to fund. In July this year, pharmaceutical company...

Data confirms rural areas falling behind in COVID-19 vaccination rates

COVID-19 vaccination rates in rural areas in New Zealand are significantly lower than in urban areas, an analysis of data by University of Otago researchers reveals. Associate Professor Garry Nixon and his team from the...

Otago researcher discovers first brain marker for an anxiety disorder

A University of Otago researcher has discovered a brain signal that will help improve the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. Professor Neil McNaughton and his team from the Department of Psychology have completed the...

Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

MidCentral DHB is reminding women, partners, friends and whānau of the harmful impact that alcohol can have on unborn babies during pregnancy. September, the ninth month of the year, is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness...

Helius forms advanced medicinal cannabis collaboration

New Zealand’s largest licenced medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has signed an agreement with Auckland University of Technology (AUT). It will see Helius working with AUT academics and doctoral students, researching and developing advanced medicinal cannabis products. The announcement follows...

Pharmac funds new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis to support people impacted by tocilizumab stock...

Pharmac has funded upadacitinib tablets as an alternative treatment for New Zealanders with severe rheumatoid arthritis, who are impacted by the tocilizumab stock shortage. “In New Zealand, about 400 people currently use Pharmac-funded tocilizumab for...

Helius celebrates female leadership in cannabis sector 

Helius Therapeutics is taking time to reflect on Suffrage Day. On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Now 128 years on, New Zealand...

Apprentice develops pūrākau to address mental illness stigma and discrimination

Stigma and discrimination against people with mental distress or illness is still very much a problem and people’s negative view of those with a mental illness often comes from a lack of understanding. People...

Physiotherapy’s vital role in treating long COVID

As more about the effects of long COVID is learnt, it is apparent that cardio-respiratory physiotherapists have an essential role in helping people recover from the virus, a University of Otago physiotherapy specialist says. Dr...

Low-sensory vaccination clinic launching in Palmerston North

MidCentral DHB (MDHB) will run its first low-sensory vaccination clinic on Thursday 16 September, 2021, at the Milson Community Centre in Palmerston North. This clinic offers a vaccination opportunity for those who have sensory needs,...

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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

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